Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour

2016 TOUR DATES: JULY 23-31 (Closed)
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Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway  •  Aufderheide/West Cascades Scenic Byway  •  McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway  •  Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway  •  Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway  •  Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway  •  Crater Lake National Park Rim Drive  •  Rogue/Umpqua "Highway of Waterfalls" Scenic Byway

Tour Summary

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Duration: 8½ days (8 cycling days), 8 nights
  • Price: $3,400 double occupancy, $820 single supplement
  • Price Includes: 8 nights lodging, 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners, snacks, luggage transport, support van, guides, park entrance fees
  • Tour Start/End: Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • Overnights: Cottage Grove, Oakridge, Rainbow on the McKenzie River, Bend (2 nights), Crater Lake (2 nights), and Steamboat on the Umpqua River
  • Nearest Airport: Eugene, Oregon (EUG) – we will shuttle you to and from Cottage Grove

Tour Mileage & Altitude Summary

Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades Route Mileage and Altitude Matrix

Tour Description

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour map

We ride deep into Oregon’s rugged and forested wilds, alongside cascading rivers, over breathtaking mountain passes, through high desert ranchland, and around majestic Crater Lake, North America’s most spectacular lake on this fantastic bicycle tour.  We experience some of the most dramatic scenery and picturesque roads that Oregon has to offer.  Crater Lake National Park, volcanic peaks, secluded backcountry lanes, spectacular waterfalls, and the lively town of Bend are the highlights of this trip.  Plus, we eat great food, experience Oregon’s world famous brewpub scene, and stay in cozy inns, riverside cottages, and the historic Crater Lake Park Lodge along the way.

This is a dream ride for cyclists who love gorgeous scenery and don’t mind a climb to get it.  We follow eight designated scenic routes and circumnavigate Crater Lake, selected by Bicycle Magazine as one of the top rides in the US.

Day 0 - Introductions

We begin our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades bicycle tour the evening before our first day of riding. We meet at 5:00pm in Cottage Grove for introductions and a guide presentation of your upcoming adventure. A tasty, relaxing, hearty dinner will follow at Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant before we head to the Best Western Cottage Grove Inn for our overnight stay. Rest well. We have a big day tomorrow.

Crater Lake & Scenic Cascades Bicycle Tour – Day 2

Day 2 Oakdridge to Rainbow


Aufderheide Memorial Drive, gorgeous river scenery, smooth ribbon of pavement, exhilarating downhill, historic riverside cottages.

Crater Lake and Cascades Bicycle Tour elevation map, Day 2

Route Details:

Day two of our Crater Lake and Scenic Cascades tour begins this morning with a pleasant little downhill section culminating at the intersection of the Office Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Oregon, and the start of the Aufderheide/West Cascades Scenic Byway.  From here, we ride up and alongside the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.  Traffic is light, the river is stunning, the road smooth, and you may not notice the first 10 miles of climbing. The road ramps up a bit at this point and is a real lung buster just after passing Constitution Grove.  At the top is Box Canyon and our lunch stop.  A smooth ribbon of pavement is your downhill reward as we drop into the McKenzie River watershed, the South Fork of the river keeping us company under the deep forest canopy.  One last short bump in the road gets us to the turquoise blue water of Cougar Reservoir.  Terwilliger Hot Spring may tempt you here.  Go for a soak, or continue downhill over the Belknap Covered Bridge to our final destination, the McKenzie Riverside Cottages. A delicious catered dinner alongside the McKenzie River awaits you tonight.

Day 2 Gallery: